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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,614 ratings  ·  114 reviews
In The Woman Next Door, New York Times bestselling novelist Barbara Delinsky delivers her most engaging novel to date, a story of trust, jealousy, and the struggle to keep love alive.
On a charming cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut, three close-knit couples find their long-cherished harmony undone when a lovely, younger neighbor, widowed a year ago and presumably still u...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2001)
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Louise
I've come to really enjoy Delinsky as an author and I'm purchasing more and more of her books.

"Along with their husbands, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia are a close-knit circle of friends enjoying seemingly ideal lives in an upscale neighborhood. But when they learn that their lovely younger neighbor, widowed for a year and presumably still unattached, is pregnant, the strains and imperfections of their lives come into full focus. As they ponder who the father might be, each of the women harbors sus...more
Glenda L
This is one of Delinsky's older books, written in 2001. Wow ... it has been sitting on my shelf for some time. I'm glad I pulled it down though, as I really enjoyed it. It is a story of trust, jealousy and a struggle to keep love alive. It takes place on an affluent cul-de-sac in Connecticut, where three close-knit couples actually get too close. Another neighbor, a widow is pregnant ... Who is the father ... finding out is almost their undoing. The book is filled with suspense and surprises. De...more
Kendra
This book made me so mad I had to stop reading several times so I didn't throw it across the room. Normally, I love Barbara Delinsky. Her books are just simple guilty pleasures for me. Not this particular story. From the start, I was aggravated and it didn't get better.

The premise of the story is this: Four houses sit in a cul-de-sac. Each house has a married couple except for the one. That house has a young widow whose elderly husband passed away a little over a year before. Surprise! The widow...more
Becky
In a cul-da-sac live four women. Amanda, Karen and Georgia are very close friends. Gretchen is a young widow, the outsider of the group. Amanda and Graham have been trying for a long time to conceive a child and the infertility sessions have not been productive. Amanda is a school psychologist and Graham is a landscaping architect. Both very admired in their fields. Except for making a baby. Karen is a stay-at-home mom who's volunteer work IS a full time job, along with her caring for her family...more
Marca
First world problems on steroids. Young widow in an upper-class neighborhood is pregnant and her late husband has been gone too long for him to be the father. The other women in the neighborhood wonder which of their husbands fathered the baby. One woman, Amanda, is childless and she and her husband are going crazy trying to have a baby. Amanda speculates that her husband may have found a way to have a baby – with the young widow. Add in the angst of privileged teens (Amanda is a school psycholo...more
Clara
I thought it was good...not great. But I would still recommend it.
Steve Lindahl
The Woman Next Door is a woman's book. I glanced through pages of reviews on Goodreads and found only one other man who had reviewed it. The book covers a number of problems in suburbia that surround a threesome of friends, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia, who try to help each other but also spend a great deal of time gossiping. The group of friends include the women's husbands and used to include another couple, Ben and June. June died, Ben remarried a younger woman, Gretchen, and then also died. So...more
Stasha
The Woman Next Door reminds me of the saying "all that glitters is not gold", meaning everything is not really as it appears to be. The story opens up with the O'Learys, a newlywed couple who is struggling with infertility issues, year after year sfter year. There's pressure coming from all sides, especially Graham 'Gray' O'Leary's family,who have had no trouble procreating through the generations, and whose mother Dorothy never misses an opportunity to remind her daughter-in-law Amanda of that...more
Sharon
Amanda, Karen and Georgia live happily in a beautiful suburban area of Connecticut. They are very good friends, communicate with each other about their thoughts and dreams, kids run from house to house, an idyllic life. Of course they are all dealing with their own challenges of fertility, philandering, and ambition. But outwardly, an idyllic existence.

One day Amanda notices that their beautiful, much younger beautiful widow neighbour Gretchen, (whom these women have gone out of their way to ign...more
Michelle
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Tina
The premise of "The Woman Next Door" is relatively simple. A lovely widow turns out to be pregnant. Only problem is, her husband has been dead at least a year. She lives in a cul de sac with three other couples. The three couples are all experiencing some manner of strain in their marriages. Once the pregnancy of the widow becomes apparent, each of the wives silently wonder if her husband is the father.

The main couple of the story, Amanda and Graham, is the most intriguing. They are struggling w...more
Rachel Brand
I really enjoyed this book - it was a refreshing read. The subject wasn't too hard-going, the characters were all "real people" but there were enough twists and sub-plots in the story to make me want to sit and read this all in one go!
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did 'The Family Tree,' and I think maybe this is because 'The Woman Next Door' was published at least five years prior to 'The Family Tree,' so Delinsky's writing had matured. I was completely gripped by this story, but I fel...more
Judyw Winkleman
This was an older book I received from my mother. She seems to be the donation location for books from her elderly friends.

I may have read some Barbara Delinsky in the past, but not certain.
I enjoyed this book. The characters seemed so real, and the story was active. I mostly read at night, and many times I would read for a long time without realizing it was getting very late. It was definitely one I didn't want to put down.

I felt this was a book about trust. It made me realize how easy it would...more
Linda
Another excellent book by Barbara Delinsky. She told the story of a very close group of neighbors - three married couples. They suddenly notice a young, very attractive widow is pregnant and since her late husband has been gone for a year - he cannot be the father. The other women then begin to take a closer look at their marriages, while each wondering if their husband is the father of the baby. Of course each couple has their own problems. Amanda and Graham have been married about 5 years and...more
Latoya
I read this book years ago. (Before Goodreads, so I did not recall the name of the book until recently). The fact that I still remember many details is significant for me and is testament to the quality of the story.
It was not the typical romantic novel in the least and there were some characters that annoyed me. But the mix of plots and perspectives meshed well together.
Mary
Feb 12, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In Barbara Delinsky's The Woman Next Door, three women who live next door to a lovely, pregnant and reclusive widow have their lives turned upside down by their husbands' interest in her. These three wives are friends, but each can't help but wonder if her husband is the father of the baby. As a result, each woman reevaluates her life and finds out what's truly important to herself.

Amanda and Graham O'Leary have an ostensibly happy life, but infertility treatments have put a strain on their marr...more
Tasha
This is yet another highly recommended Barbara Delinsky book! I was still out on maternity leave and made a second trip with my son to the library as our "field trip". (We were not getting out that much a few months back. I was still getting use to motherhood, scared of everything, stressed, and the H1N1 was at an all time high!)

So I blindly grabbed TWO Delinsky reads and waited with great anticipation to dig in to them. It took me a while longer to read this book because my son decided to becom...more
ReBecca
Barbara did it yet again! She really knows how to make you feel and sympathies for characters! I felt for Amanda and graham the whole time...and cheered when they finally became pregnant! And Gretchen total shock of who her baby daddy was I thought the whole time it was Bens! A great read! Would recommend it!
Sara
On page 24

I just can't seem to get into this book. I pick it up to read, and only get a few pages into it. Which is normally not like me. I pick up a book and can hardly put it down.

Just finished the book.
After I finally talked myself into picking up the book again, I couldn't put it down, like most books. Ms Delinsky painted a perfict picture for the book. I can see the cul-de-sac, I can tell exactly where Lee and Karen's house are and what it looks like. I can picture the layout of Gretchen's...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
I was surprised about this novel. Hadn't guess that I would enjoy it but the story was facinating and drew me in this little neighborhood. I'm impressed how BD can weave her characters so true to like that the reader feels like a part of what is going on. Can't tell you too much because it will give away the story, but I could understand where all these women were coming from and I felt sorry the The Woman Next Door. So misunderstood just because she was shy. The ending surprised me and I was th...more
Sarah
Barbara Delinsky's books are the kind of books that I pick up when I don't want to think too much, just some light reading to keep me entertained.

There are three married couples, living in the suburbs. Amanda, Karen and Georgia are all friends. Although they seem to be leading happy lives, each of them has their own sets of problems. Their happiness becomes under threat, when their younger neighbor, who has been widowed for over a year, is discovered to be pregnant.

Each of the women wonder secre...more
Jenn
Wow, Barbara does it again. This book is about 3 women with questions about their husbands fidelity. A woman next door is pregnant with no known father - each woman must look at her own marriage and work out their problems. One woman feels separate from her husband over many failed attempts at getting pregnant. Another already has caught her husband in more than one infidelity. The other travels for work and leaves her husband home with the kids for a week at a time. Barbara delves into each mar...more
Linnea
I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put down as I got further and further into the book. This is the first book I have read by Barbara Delinsky and now I look forward to reading others by her.
Melissa
Engaging read--infertility, woman on culdesac becomes pregnant and everyone suspects their husband.
Sophie
This is my first Barbara Delinsky novel and I enjoyed listening to it. I thought the author created believable characters and made me care about what happened to them. If I occasionally thought the story was a little too formulaic or too focused on the difficulties of women trying to have it all, it was easy to overlook it and get caught up in the storyline again. The ending for some of the characters was a little too neatly tied up, and it's hard not to laugh when characters say things like "yo...more
Rebecca Giunta
Ok for a summer read, no brain power needed. Very predictable.
Heather
I thought this was a good read. A little slower than what I'm used to. Also, I like books in the first person and this one might have been better written from Amanda's point-of-view, but it was still good. The title is a little misleading since the story is more about Graham & Amanda's relationship than the Woman Next Door. Also, it turns out that the problems the Woman Next Door has aren't really related to anyone in the story's relationship directly. That, to me, was a little disappointing...more
Shereka Greene
I enjoyed the motives that add an air of suspense.
Kaye
Another book to listen to while working in the yard. Amanda and her hubby of six years are fighting infertility. When the young widow on their circle is found to be 7 months pregnant Amanda and her friends all wonder who the father is and could it be one of their spouses. Again Delinsky has written compelling characters facing real problems of trust and communication in marriage and with teens. I found I would stay weeding longer just to listen a bit more. That being said, this isn't literature...more
Val Jones
Amanda, a school counselor, and her husband Graham are having difficulty conceiving a child, and are feeling pressure from his large family. The couple is close with two other neighborhood couples (Lee and Karen, and Georgia and Russ) and their families. Another neighbor, Gretchen, is a widow (and quite attractive). When it becomes apparent that she is pregnant, the three "happily" married women each suspect their own husbands of fathering the child. Meanwhile, one of Amanda's students has a cri...more
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